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Here’s what the Flaming Lips’ “bubble concert” looked like

With touring out of the question for the foreseeable future, the Flaming Lips decided to draw on their experience using large plastic bubbles to stage a show in their hometown of Oklahoma City.

Each bandmember was encased in their own bubble as were each member of the audience. (Couples should share one.) Overall effect was kinda surreal, but at least no one was exposed to any stray COVID-19 viruses.

Wayne Coyne had this to say: “Of course, our MAIN priority (when doing the performance for the music video) was making sure everyone was safe and all the health cautions were being enforced. I forgot about how exciting and fun and ridiculous it is to do a Flaming Lips show!!! I think the video shows it!!!”

Part of the show featured a new song called “Assassins of Youth.” It looked like this.

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One thought on “Here’s what the Flaming Lips’ “bubble concert” looked like

  • I couldn’t even imagine how an entire show would work logistically. With all the in an outs that people do at concerts – bathroom breaks, drinks, going outside or deciding to go chat with old friends, getting merch, not getting merch, wandering upstairs or downstairs or getting off the floor for a break. How does that work??? I saw the blurb (another article) about wearing a mask outside the bubble but how to get out of the bubble. How hard is that?

    Granted, we’re talking about…less than 200 people all told (not counting staff) and assuming it doesn’t go a lot deeper and giving a very big buffer for bubbles of two. (I didn’t bother looking up anything more than that. I was more interested in different pictures.) I like the idea but I also can’t see it working for anyone who has to sit in a chair of any kind and that would be me 🙁


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